By Tom Cohen, CNN
Washington (CNN) — As Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney imposed a penalty on people who could afford health insurance but chose to go without it. As Republican presidential candidate, Romney opposes the federal health care law that does the same thing.
Last week, Romney’s top campaign adviser said the federal penalty for refusing to get health coverage was exactly that — a fine, not a tax. This week, Romney said it is a tax because the Supreme Court opinion he opposes declared it a tax.
Confused? So is the Romney campaign, apparently.
The back-and-forth shows the tightrope Romney must walk on the health care reform issue now that he is the certain Republican presidential nominee.
Rebounding from last week’s Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, Republicans seek to galvanize conservative contempt for the measure into a wave of electoral support in November.
- Romney calls health care mandate a ‘tax,’ contradicts top aide (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- CNN Poll: Independents Trust Romney More to Fix Economy (cornhusker4palin.newsvine.com)
- Romney camp seeks to clarify on health care (cnn.com)
- ‘Romney’s made up his mind now’ – Boston Herald (bostonherald.com)
- Romney shifts, says mandate’s a tax (politico.com)
- Romney’s fatal flaw on health ruling (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- Romney backtracks ‘Obamacare is a tax’ afterall (bazaardaily.com)
- Romney Directly Contradicts His Campaign, Now Insists Health Mandate Is ‘A Tax’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Romney Goes On Offense On Tax/Penalty Question (politicker.com)
- Romney settles it: health care mandate is a tax (onlineathens.com)